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More big names were smiling after Tuesday night’s action in the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars. Here’s the very latest…


  • Ferreira wastes Lex en route to third
  • Glaser misses out on rare NLHE title
  • Sousa makes it three and is PLO World Champ
  • Five more for Brazil


Three for WCOOP 2022 for Rui Ferreira

Lex swept away in Ferreira’s hat-trick charge: There were more than 10,000 people watching Lex Veldhuis’s Twitch stream last night as the PokerStars Ambassador went all the way to fourth in the $2,100 WCOOP 38-H NLHE PKO. But while a WCOOP title continues to elude the Belgium-based Dutchman, the same cannot be said of the man who eliminated him.

Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira did the damage, before then cruising to his third title of the series so far. Ferreira won $122,653, of which $79,531 came in bounties, as he careered to another famous win. Ferreira already won the high buy-in limit hold’em, and a $530 Deep Stack event during this WCOOP, and he now has five career titles. He is in awesome form and adds yet another to the tally of his adopted country, Brazil.

As for Lex, he took around $32K, including bounties. It was Stevan “random_chu” Chew who finished as runner-up.

Belarmino De Souza, the PLO8 World Champion

De Souza makes it three with PLO8 crown: The Brazilian Belarmino “PaGaOVelhinho” de Souza announced himself as a WCOOP player to fear this time last year, when he won two PLO8 titles – one in the five-card and one the four-card variety. This year, De Souza is back, and he now has a third WCOOP victory, again in a PLO8 event.

The notable difference is that this time the tournament was named the World Championship, and there can scarcely be a more appropriate player to be called World Champion. The prize, for defeating a field of 186 entries, and Gleb “Ti0373” Tremzin heads up, was a cheque for $37,098. But it’s the prestige that will clearly mean just as much.

Ker-ching Gulchinski: The Sunday Million this week had all of its usual components: a $109 buy-in, a PKO format and, of course, $1 million guaranteed. It’s just that it was also WCOOP 34-L — that’s right, a “low” buy-in event with seven figures in the prize pool.

Something else turned out to be familiar: it’s winner, who was Brazil’s Amauri “Amauri410” Gulchinski. Gulchinski had more than $1 million in documented career earnings even before this results, including a Bounty Builder Turbo Series win. But the prize for this one, $121,669, including bounties, was the biggest of his career by far. That’s the kind of sum you get when you defeat a field of 14,085 entries and take the largest slice of a $1.4 million prize pool.


Silva joins Brazilian charge: After yesterday’s Brazilian famine, today (another) Brazilian feast. Five of the evening’s titles were won by Brazilian players, including Rui Ferreira’s, detailed above, and a third career win for Eduardo “Eduardo850” Silva, who won the $1K 7-Max PKO.

Silva last year won two WCOOP titles, both also in $1K NLHE events, so he has clearly found his game and his level. This tournament, a freezeout, featured 248 entries and Silva banked $41,819, including bounties, for the win.

Norwegians at it again: If you want to win a mixed game tournament this year, you first need to beat Benny Glaser. But if you can do that, you need to lookout for the Norwegians, because seemingly everyone from that country can really play.

Last night, WCOOP’s only Stud Hi/Lo event played to its conclusion, and Norwegians won two of the three tournaments. “gudfaren” won the $11 low tournament, picking up a $1,980 score for prevailing from a 1,303-entry field. Later in the night, “holtekila” won the $1,050 version, banking $18,354. It must have been especially tough for holtekila who was faced heads up by Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov, the most decorated WCOOP player of all-time.

Strebkov has nine titles to his name, but has been stranded on that number since his five championship wins from 2018. And now, just as he looks like getting to 10, there’s a Norwegian.

…on the subject of Benny Glaser: WCOOP almost witnessed a real rarity last night: a tournament victory for Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser in no limit Texas Hold’em. While Glaser is a sensation in mixed games, he has never won a NLHE event in WCOOP — but last night he was heads-up for the title in an $11 PKO hold’em event.

Glaser had the chip lead for long portions, but couldn’t kill off Sweden’s “Emilohlsson“. And Emilohlsson eventually downed Glaser, denying the Brit a third win of this year’s series, what would have been a seventh overall. Emilohlsson took $19,472 including bounties, while Glaser probably learned that there might be a future for him in hold’em too.


*denotes deal
†inc. bounties


WCOOP players have now contested prize pools of more than $35 million. It’s another whopper.

Tournaments completed: 122
Entries: 393,614 (inc. 91,997 re-entries)
Prize pools: $35,820,927
First-place prizes: $5,703,028 (inc. $1,475,411 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 14
Tournaments starting today: 10

Stats refer to completed tournaments only


Lex Veldhuis picked up a ton of bounties during his deep run in the $2K. Here’s the first, which at least made him think…

Follow PokerStars streamers playing WCOOP:

Lex Veldhuis | Ben “Spraggy” Spragg | Fintan “easywithaces” Hand
Mason “Pye_Face21” Pye | Georgina “GJReggie” James | Arlie “Prince Pablo” Shaban
Sebastian “peaceandloove” Huber
Lasse Jagd “Wistern” Lauritsen | Andre “acoimba” Coimbra
Felix “xflixx” Schneiders


Spolier: GJReggie got her tickets!



Just the five for Brazil on Tuesday night, as the Samba boys hit 30. Indonesia is on the board for the first time.

Current standings:

30 titles — Brazil
11 — UK
9 — Austria
7 — Norway, Sweden
5 — Bulgaria, Canada
4 — Ukraine
3 — Belarus, Lithuania, Mexico, Romania
2 — Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Montenegro, Switzerland
1 — Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Slovenia, Tunisia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.


Kelvin Kerber is clinging on to the overall lead, and retook the top spot in the low leader board overnight as well. But with Rui Ferreira winning a title and Benny Glaser finishing second, it’s truly the strongest chasing pack in poker.


1 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 1,000 points
2 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 920
3 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, UK – 830
3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, United Kingdom – 735
5 – TheDrunkLife, Hungary – 630

Prize: $25,000 to the winner


1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 535 points
2 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 500
3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 440
4 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 430
5 – Andras “probirs” Nemeth, Hungary – 390

Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000


=1 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 295 points
=1 – TheDrunkLife, Hungary – 295
3 – regina83h, Ukraine – 285
4 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 280
5 – T3G3S, Poland – 250

Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000


1 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 345 points
2 – Airdraken, UK – 330
3 – Pomeron, Germany – 300
4 – AwadeuS, Thailand – 285
5 – vpisjak, Latvia – 265

Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150

Check out the full WCOOP Leader Board standings.


Wednesday, September 14

Want to be a World Champion at getting the worst hand possible? Today’s World Championship of Razz offers just that chance. It’s a good day for lowball games, with a limit Badugi event also on the schedule, but expect far biggest fields in the hold’em tournaments including the Midweek Freeze, where the top buy-in is $5K.

1:30pm – WCOOP 45: NLHE Midweek Freeze
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $150K, $250K, $325K

2:30pm – World Championship of Razz
Buy-in: $1,050
Guarantee: $75K

2:30pm – WCOOP 46: Limit Badugi
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $7.5K, $15K, $35K

4:05pm – WCOOP 47: NLHE 6-Max Freezeout
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $20K, $100K, $175K


Live broadcasts of WCOOP 2021 go out every Monday through Wednesday featuring cards up coverage of the biggest final tables and expert commentary from James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton and a host of special guests. Click for full details.

You can watch on the PokerStars YouTube channel, the PokerStars YouTube UK channel, or PokerStars’ Twitch channel.


Day 1: Mattsson off the mark for WCOOP
Day 2: World Champion Schemion denies Spraggy as Leknes makes it seven
Day 3: Five in a row for Glaser as stars shine again

Day 4: Combes and Nemeth back to winning ways
Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7
Day 8: Aido masters the 6-Max as marjan1231 wins huge bounty haul

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